The Michael Jackson Community — which claims to be the “official fan club forum” for the “King of Pop” — and the MJ Street and On The Line groups accuse Robson Wade and James Safechuck of “lynching” the star.

The case, which will heard by a court in Orleans in northern France in July, follows reports that Jacksons’ children were also considering taking legal action against the men, who say that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot, who has previously successfully sued Jackson’s doctor for causing distress to his fans by giving him the drugs that killed him, said the groups “want to discredit the accusations of paedophilia” that have long dogged the star.